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I haven't used this product in a while, and as I am sat writing this, I am failing to think of a legitimate reason why this product is no longer in my life. I have resolved to pick this up next time I am in the shops.
Olay is a brand I trust, my mother swears by it. She uses the face cream every day, and most people thing she looks 20 years younger than she really is. People have a hard time believing that I'm actually her daughter.
This face exfoliator is wonderful. I found it gentle enough to use several times a week, to cleanse my skin, getting rid of dirt and dead skin, leaving my pores unclogged, and my skin feeling tight and feeling refreshed.
You only need a little bit of this scrub, and massage it into your face in circular motions when damp, and you instantly feel the warmth of this product on your face. I sometimes thought I could actually feel my pores opening up and breathing. The product was refreshing to use in the mornings, the warmth of it really woke me up. After washing the product off, my skin felt taut, and looked bright and clear. This product was also moisturising enough to not dry my skin out. Of course I carried on applying face cream as part of my regime, but I didn't always feel the need to. This product worked well at keeping my face spot free as well. To be honest, I am not really prone to spots, except the occasional few, but I felt this product kept even those at bay.
I have to say, the warming effect of this product when applied to your face really sets it apart from other face cleaning products costing a similar price. It really makes you feel refreshed and works wonders on your skin.
I am definitely buying this product again as soon as possible, and would definitely recommend this product to others.
With the harsh winter that we have just had I really have felt that my skin has been suffering. All of a sudden it began to look dull with slight dry flaky patches so I decided that it needed a little more TLC than my moisturiser and serum was providing. I felt it needed a scrub of some kind so I headed for the local Superdrug to see what they had to offer.
I have been using an Olay Total Effects moisturiser for a couple of years now so I was immediately drawn to the display of Olay products. There are quite a few products in the range but the self-heating skin exfoliator sounded very appealing and held promise for my jaded looking skin. I purchased one at just under £5 with a free make-up purse that my daughter was very pleased with.
The exfoliator is presented in a sturdy tube that stands on its cap which is wide enough to ensure it is stable and will not permanently be falling over on the bathroom shelf. The tube is an attractive pearlised cream colour with the signature gold 7 on a shiny pink background. The whole effect is of a feminine product but probably one aimed at the more mature market (unfortunately I am in that bracket now-sob!)
Along with all the other products in the Total Effects range this is said to fight the 7 signs of aging, in this case by using the effects of a mini-dermabrasion to provide deep but gentle exfoliation. The "blurb" continues to tell me that it will polish away my dry skin cells and improve my skins smoothness; this all sounded exactly what I was looking for.
As I would expect from this sort of product the ingredient list is very long and includes PEGs and parabens which can cause sensitivity in some people. Luckily I do not have any problems with allergies or sensitive skin but if you do it is probably wise to check their website: www.olay.co.uk before purchasing.
The instructions suggest that the product should be used twice a day. The face should be splashed with water and then a small amount should be massaged into the skin whilst obviously avoiding the eye area. The face should then be rinsed and then a moisturiser should be applied. This all seemed very straightforward so that evening I gave it a try.
I wet my face with warm water and then opened the cap. I found the flip-lid quite stiff on first opening it and I did require two hands. I squeezed the recommended "pearl-sized" amount onto my fingers and started massaging it into my skin. The cream is an attractive lilac colour with a very sweetie-like fragrance that is lovely, you can just about see the micro-beads amongst the cream. I was immediately aware of the promised warming effect as the product reacted with the water. I found this very pleasant and although it got very warm it was not hot or uncomfortable. I massaged it gently for about 30 seconds and then noticed the product had cooled down so I splashed on a little more water which activated the heat again whilst I finished the massage. I could feel the micro-crystals on my skin but they felt soothing, there was no nasty scratchy effect which I have suffered with some other exfoliators. The product rinsed off really easily with some more water and then I dried my skin and inspected it in the mirror. Warning-do not get this near your mouth whilst rinsing off, it tastes vile!
I can't say I was overwhelmed by how different my skin looked, it appeared a little pink and shiny but not noticeable smoother and I could still see a lot of dry skin cells around my nose, an area I had paid particular attention to. However I put on my moisturiser and left it to sink in. The next morning I decided that the product would be too harsh to use all the time so I just cleansed and moisturised as normal. However when I came to put my foundation on I realised that the dry patches were noticeably smoother as the foundation didn't cling to them. I was very pleased with this result so decided that I would just try using the product at night for a few days to see what I thought. However when I used it again I actually used a little more than the manufacturer suggested as I had previously found that there just didn't seem to be quite enough for my whole face.
The effects have been very good; my skin is brighter and definitely healthier looking. I have found that using the exfoliate in the shower is particularly effective as the steam keeps the warming effect for longer and my skin certainly seems to have benefitted. I now only use the product a couple of times a week but it still seems to be keeping my skin looking nice.
---Would I recommend it?---
Although the manufacturers recommend using this twice a day I really would think that was too much for most peoples skin as I am sure it would start to irritate. It would also be quite an expensive option for daily use as I don't think the 125ml tube would last that long. However I would certainly recommend this to perk up tired, winter skin ready for spring.
This is my all time favourite face cleansing product, it's amazing - I know you hear that all the time from people about different products, but this has to be tried.
I first tried this a year ago when I was house sitting for my mum whilst she was on holiday. I saw it in the bathroom and thought the packaging looked cool and the description sounded quite different to products I've tried before. I only meant to have a go, but ended up using it nearly every day for 2 weeks and she'd only just bought it so I ended up taking it home with me and replacing it with a new one...it really is that good.
Olay Total Effects Self Heating Skin Exfoliator is from Olay's 'Total Effects' range, the products in this range claim to fight the first 7 signs of aging. This product in particular:
1. Gently exfoliates to improve skin feel.
2. Improves light reflection from the skin surface.
3. Improves skin smoothness leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.
4. Enhances hydration to prevent skin feeling dry or tight.
5. Polishes away dry surface skin cells.
6. Gently removes everyday grime and impurities.
7. Helps to relax, purify and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Being 26 years old, I've never been too concerned with wrinkles and aging, but as my mum always tells me, you should start early with a regular beauty regime and moisturise daily.
The product comes in an attractive shiny metalised look tube, with contemporary black, bronze and gold styling, complete with Olay branding and description of the product to the reverse.
Price and Availibilty
I got my last tube from Boots with a voucher I had. It's currently on sale at Superdrug for £4.60 instead of it's usual price of £6.85 (correct as of Dec. 15th. 09) I've also seen it for sale in most large supermarkets.
Use daily, morning or evening. Splash face with tepid water. Apply a pearl sized amount to your fingertips and smooth across the face (avoiding the eye area). Massage using fingertips and small circular movements. Apply more water to the skinto extend the thermal experience. Rinse with water.
The product has a lovely floral scent to it, and on appearance it is a purple grey colour with a gritty substance to the cream. On immediate contact with your damp face, you get the lovely thermal experience that they describe - it heats up on your face, this is quite nifty when you've never experienced this before. You can literally feel the product working, I like to splash a little more water on my face to prolong the heat experience as it only lasts momentarily.
When I've rinsed my face and dried off with a towel, I notice an improvement straight away ( not that I have a really scaly face or anything) but the t-zone, (forehead, nose, cheek) area of my face feels really smooth, and the whole of my face feels really clean. It is definitely a quality product to use, and you only need to use a small amount so it lasts about 6weeks depending on how often you use it.
I always pick it up when it's on offer somewhere, but I'd recommend paying the full price and suggest that it's worth even more. It really does feel like a quality product, and I have definitely noticed an improvement to my skin.
I always like to finish this off with Olay moisturiser ( I've done a review on this) and those two products are all you need to use to have tip-top condition skin. A beauty regime that comes in under £15 that will last you 6+ weeks at a time. Definitely worth it.
I have tried quite a few Olay products, mainly because they are one of the brands included in the £5 off facial skin care voucer that Boots issue on a regular basis.
I've used a couple of micro dermabrasion products in the past so I was interested to see how this would compare.
The product comes in a squeezy tube , which is mainly black and red with white and gold writing, with a black flip top lid.
The product is supposed to be self heating when it come into contact with skin and water, I wasn't really expecting there to heat up, so I was amazed just how warm the product got as when it touched your face. It wasn't hot but it was lovely and warm.
The product is a lilac colour and smells lovely, although I'm not sure what the actual smell is.
The product left me skin feeling lovely and soft, it wasn't quite as effective as using a micro dermabrasion product, but it was great for a quick fix.
I though this product was very good and I will certainly buy it again. It costs just over £7 in Boots, but don't forget that Boots often give out £5 off facial skincare cvouchers which you can use on this product.
When they say self heating they are not joking!
Olay is a well known brand who are quite famous for their anti ageing formulas. This is one of those ranges but is recommended for younger skin too for a deep clean.
It comes in a squeezable tube in Olays instantly recognisable black, pink and gold.
Used lukewarm water to dampen the face and then rub in the exfoliator, and be prepared. It felt like sunburn the first time I used it although this subsidea after about 20 seconds and just feels warm. The more you rub however the more it stays hot! It did feel like it was going down in to the skin.
As I have sensitive skin I was worried I would react to this, however aside from feeling a tingling sensation and feeling slightly raw for a few mintues I had no ill effects.
Overall I find I don't want to use this too frequently, but when I do it gives me a more even skin tones and lasts for a good amount of time.
I actually bought this product after reading a review of it on Dooyoo. Only thing was, I got home and realised the product I had read the review on was 'Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher' and what I'd actually bought was 'Olay Total Effects Self-Heating Skin Exfoliator.' Oops. Well, never mind, they were from the same brand and sounded like they did the same thing, so I just kept my fingers crossed that this one would be as good as the other one sounded!
The scrub comes in a black tube which has a metallic pink and gold bit at the bottom, and a big number seven on the front as apparently this stuff will fight the seven signs of ageing.
Olay is not a brand I would normally purchase, as to be honest it's a brand I associate with my Grandma - sorry Olay fans! But as I'd read the recommendation (OK, fair enough it was a recommendation of another product!) and I had a £5 off voucher at the time, I decided it was worth a try.
The scrub contains 'mild micro crystals' whatever they may be, and the product warms up when it comes into contact with water, which they say will give you a 'mini dermabrasion'.
It says on the tube that this should be used daily, and it doesn't matter if you use it in the morning or at night. I was quite surprised to read that this was a daily product to be honest, because normally I would only use a face scrub once or twice a week. I must admit, although I have owned this product for around five or six weeks, I would say I've only been using it about four times a week, rather than every day, mainly because I just don't remember. Even so, I seem to get good results, and I think this is often enough to still have a good impact.
To use the scrub you have to wet your face, as obviously this product is activated by the water. It says to apply a 'pearl sized amount' but I normally need to use about double this, to cover my whole face. The scrub itself is a lilac-purple sort of colour and has a gentle yet unusual smell - it's quite fruity but also smells very creamy.
As the scrub touches the skin you can feel it begin to heat up. This sensation only really lasts around 10 seconds max (and even then I might be being generous), and although it feels hot, it's not uncomfortable or itchy. You need to massage into the skin so that the 'micro crystals' have a change to slough away any dead, dry skin. Because the mask heats up, this means it opens the pores, to give your skin a deeper clean.
After rinsing this off, I find that my skin feels beautifully soft. It exfoliates really well and gets rid of any dry bits I have, and leaves my skin looking fresher and brighter. Using this is like a real pick-me-up for the skin, and I've been incredibly impressed with the results.
As for preventing signs of ageing, it's difficult to tell really, but I suppose it does give my skin a glow, which may make it appear more youthful.
A 125ml tube costs £6.84 from Boots.
Overall, I have been very impressed with this. As I said, I wasn't particularly a fan of Olay, but now I'm looking forward to trying some more products from the range.
For a deep, but gentle exfoliation /